“ Brand: iView / Lens Accessories: Cases „
If you're new to wearing contact lenses, then the chances are that your optician will have got you to practice in front of a mirror to get used to where exactly you need to be aiming, until you master the hand eye (literally) coordination. It can therefore be a bit daunting when you have to consider where in your house all your mirrors are and which the best ones are to place yourself in front of to put your lenses in. It's even trickier when you go away.
So, what a brilliant idea to incorporate a mirror into your contact lens case! This set does exactly that by taking a traditional flat bedded contact lens case and making the top of one of the sides into a mirror. This way, you can use this wherever you are, with the guarantee that you won't forget it as it's essential to keeping your contact lenses in their case as it's one of the lids.
Sadly though, the theory isn't matched by the practice, with the sheeny mirror on the top little more than a reflective material that purports to be a mirror. I can understand not actually wanting to put a real mirror on the exterior of such a case. I remember carrying this sort of case around with me in my pocket when I was out and about, and even out at night in case I needed it with me. However, whatever you do end up using has to be of a certain quality, and this one certainly isn't. To get an undistorted image is virtually impossible after the first few times of using it, as once a slight disruption has been caused to the surface, it's as if you've walked into a house of funny mirrors at the fair and what is looking back at you isn't a reliable representation of what you need to be looking at. In lower light conditions there's a further issue, and that is the strength of the reflection, which is like looking at a tinted mirror through sunglasses unless you have the best lighting. Another disappointment.
The case itself though is well designed. The shallow troughs for the contact lenses to sit in are slightly ridged and curved to help you get the lens out, and the lid screws on very well. The exterior has ridges too, enabling you to hold them when screwing or unscrewing and negating the slippery solution if any gets on your fingers. I've not had any issue opening these in the slightest. I find that this sort of case shape is ideal for travelling or for carrying as the lenses can sit in there and even if the case gets upended for whatever reason the lenses still stay in the solution. It also only requires a minimal amount of solution, which reduces the running costs of having lenses.
Take the mirror away and you've just got another reliable quality case. It's nothing special but a reliable purchase. However, adding the poor mirror is a failed execution of a wonderful idea. Perhaps now this is a few years old that other similar products will come along and be better designed, but if you're looking at getting this specifically because you can have a mirror with it, then I wouldn't bother.
I've worn contact lenses for years and like a 'change from the norm' lens case, just to liven up what is usually a very boring routine. Knowing this, when my sis popped down last month she brought me a mirrored contact lens case made by iView.
In theory this is a fab idea, one lid being a tiny mirror designed to make it easier to insert and take out your lenses. In practice however it doesn't work too well. Surprisingly it's not the very small size of the mirror that causes the problems, more because the mirror doesn't give a very good reflection and unless you're in very bright light you'll be lucky to get a reflection at all.
The case itself is a good one; as you can see from the piccie above it is a side-by-side lens case which has fairly shallow wells and screw top lids. The shallow wells are good as it prevents me having to use too much of my expensive contact lens solution each time I pop my lenses in to soak - not that this is an issue for me as Specsavers send me a ridiculous amount of solution each month, it's a veritable EEC contact lens solution mountain by now.
The lids are deeply ridged on the outside so I can get a good grip even when my fingers are covered in sticky soapy solution, the lids are also chunky enough that I never fumble or do that dopey clumsy juggle with them. Contact lens wearers will know what I'm talking about! They screw on smoothly and don't tend to go on at weird angles, they're not perfect and occasionally a lid will wedge but this isn't very often and (thank god) they never quite get so stuck that I can't move them with brute force!
I do think these are over-marketed though as far as the mirror goes, it's too small for starters and the slightest bit of condensation smears the surface and means you can't see anything anyway. I don't need a mirror myself but remember what it was like being a newbie to contact lenses and am disappointed that such a brill idea doesn't work as well as it could. Most people keep their contact lenses in the bathroom so the danger of condensation is ever present; once this cheap plasticky mirror has steamed up it's useless, you can't even wipe it as a cloth or tissue just smears.
This case is available in a range of different colours, mine is a funny muted pink which isn't as 'pretty' as it sounds and actually looks a bit cheap. It's a change from white though I suppose!
When I first got contact lens I had trouble getting them in and out of my eye and used to spent time taking the mirror downstairs, making sure I was seated steadily etc on table giving me the best chance to get the lens in first time and remove it without hassle. Now though I have grown in my confidence and ability to manage my contact lens on insertion and removal. Thus now rather than this time consuming way of putting in the lenses I was looking and thinking about something quicker and easier. And the iView Mirrored Contact Lens Case ticks all my boxes and has been a superb bit of kit.
Available in a range of colours, I have the green one, and costing around £5 these items have a unique selling feature, that being the mirror you will find on top of one of the lids. This is ideal and a very good idea. The contact lens case is the size of normal ones and thus the mirror can be hard to see but it works a treat. It has made insertion of the lens a breeze. Ideal for removal on the go, and designed to be used in this capacity.
Although I like using it and have found it very effective there are issues. First and foremost, the mirror is very small and this makes it awkward getting your position right to see your eye. Secondly, obviously there is fluid from the lens and if this drips on the mirror as it does frequently it spoils your view and slows you down. Thirdly, because the mirror is on top of one of the cases it means you face practical issues.
These are only minor problems though when you consider the convenience of the item and in all this solid, well crafted item serves as a case as well as aid to the insertion and removal of the lens and does both duties well.